Chennai, Apr 8: Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu, including the DMK and the CPI (M), on Monday hailed the Madras High Court verdict quashing the land acquisition process for the eight lane Salem-Chennai green corridor project. In a statement here, DMK President M K Stalin said the verdict has sounded a death knell to the AIADMK government led by Edappadi K Palaniswami, who was keen in implementing the project, for not respecting the sentiments of the farmers. He said the Chief Minister should tender an apology to the farmers for harassing the farmers and acquiring their lands.
Mr Stalin, who is also the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly, demanded that that Chief Minister should immediately make an announcement that the government would not go on an appeal against the High court order. He said PMK, which was one of the petitioners in the case against the project, should get an assurance from the AIADMK that it would not go an appeal.
He also sought to know whether the PMK, which is facing the polls as part of the AIADMK-led Front, would walk out of the alliance if it could not get such an assurance from the AIADMK. Terming it as a victory for the farmers, CPI(M) State Secretary K Balakrishnan, hailing the verdict, said the PMK has no moral right to continue in the AIADMK alliance if it was really opposed to the Green corridor project.
Stating that PMK's alliance with AIADMK was sheer opportunistic, he said the PMK should break its ties with the AIADMK. He also congratulated the farmers, farmers associations and all others who had protested against the project. (UNI)